NCR cops told: Strictly enforce health protocols

Emmanuel Tupas - The Philippine Star
NCR cops told: Strictly enforce health protocols
Members of the city police’s special weapons and tactics unit man a checkpoint along C-4 Road in Navotas yesterday.
Ernie Peñaredondo

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has ordered police officers in the National Capital Region to strictly implement minimum public health protocols as he warned of a possible surge in COVID-19 cases after the NCR shifted to the less stringent Alert Level 3.

As more people are now allowed outdoors in Metro Manila, Eleazar said police officers should not lower their guard as people might become complacent and ignore COVID-19 protocols when in public places.

He said there should be more police officers in public areas and establishments that were allowed to operate.

“I ordered the unit commanders in Metro Manila to be alert and active in enforcing minimum public health safety (protocols) because people might become complacent after restrictions were eased, and this could lead to a resurgence in COVID cases,” he said in Filipino.

During the implementation of the stricter Alert Level 4 in Metro Manila from Sept. 16 to Oct. 15, 309,131 individuals were accosted for violating quarantine protocols.

Of the number, 217,804 were apprehended for violating minimum public health standards while 88,241 disregarded curfew hours. The remaining 3,086 were caught outside their homes despite being in the non-authorized persons outside of residence category.

Eleazar ordered police commanders to coordinate with local government units and business establishments in their areas for the strict enforcement of COVID-19 protocols.

He reminded the public to remain cautious and continue observing protocols to avoid getting infected with COVID-19.

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